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A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village by Michelle Vernal #Review

  Michelle Vernal's A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village was published on September 27th by Bookoutre . Ava Kelly loves returning to Emerald Bay for Christmas. Snowflakes fall on the green rolling hills and mulled wine fills The Shamrock Inn with the smell of winter spice. But this year, the Kelly family is hoping for a miracle… When twenty-four-year-old Ava Kelly and her adventurous twin Grace return home to The Shamrock Inn, their Ma’s favourite baubles bring back so many memories of Christmases past. They have always done everything together, even leaving their little Irish village for the excitement of London. But with the locket her handsome ex Shane gave her hanging just above her heart, Ava has just one wish this festive season… After a year stuck in a job she can’t stand and going on dreadful dates, Ava longs to be back with Shane. Curling up in front of the fire with him, the brooding fisherman everyone else sees melts away as his blue eyes meet hers.

The Village Inn of Secret Dreams by Alison Sherlock #Review ~TheRiversideLaneSeriesBook3


It is a great welcome back to Alison Sherlock and her novels set in beautiful Cranbridge with The Village Inn of Secret Dreams. 

Brand NEW from the bestselling author of The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts.

After escaping her parents’ unhappy marriage to sleepy Cranbridge a long time ago, Belle Clarke dreams of staying at The Black Swan Inn forever.

But with the rundown Inn threatened with closure, Belle may be forced to leave, unless a buyer can be found … quickly.

So, when her oldest friend Pete Kennedy returns from working abroad with a plan to save the Inn, Belle should be overjoyed. The trouble is, Pete has some rather radical ideas for the renovation which Belle disagrees with.

But when a snow storm hits, Belle and Pete are forced to put aside their differences and work together to help the village.

Can Belle realise her dreams to stay in Cranbridge and can Pete ever stop running from his past?

As they try to save The Black Swan Inn, secrets are revealed and just maybe they’ll finally find out how they really feel about each other.

 My Thoughts 

I loved returning to Cranbridge to find out how all the characters were getting on and to see what Belle's story was going to be about. She's always been quite an interesting person, with her own quirks and vulnerabilities. As the story develops, you see her begin to face up to them and grow up a little. 

    The local community is central to the village once more and the local pub, The Black Swan, is set to come into its own. There are lots of good messages about looking out for each other and shopping locally which gives the whole novel a warm and inclusive tone. I am sure there are one or two more characters who can feature in their own story. As the name suggests, there are some secrets to uncover and the odd surprise as well. Family and friendship are still key and I am hoping that some more empty shops will be found to let the series grow!


In short: great characters and a community feel

About the Author

Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold village and the first title was published in July 2020.

You can read my review of The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts here and The Village of Lost and Found  here

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Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Alison Sherwood, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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